Kelly Olynyk # 41 of the Houston Rockets shoots a three-point basket against the New Orleans Pelicans in the fourth quarter at Toyota Center on April 04, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Bob Levey / Getty Images / AFP (Photo by Bob Levey / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Kelly Olynyk scored 10 points and posted a career-high 18 rebounds to help the Houston Rockets maintain a 102-93 victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Olynyk grabbed two critical rebounds down the stretch after his three-point play gave the Rockets an 89-84 lead with 3:38 remaining.

Luka Doncic caught the Mavericks even 63 seconds later before Olynyk kicked off an offensive rebound that resulted in a John Wall layup. When Doncic missed a 3-point attempt at the other end, Olynyk smashed the glass and Wall followed with a three-point play that took the Rockets to a 94-89 lead.

Houston snapped its five-game skid while ending Dallas’ best five-game winning streak.

Olynyk added three assists, two interceptions and two blocks to his ledger. Wall finished with 31 points, seven assists and four steals. Houston’s Christian Wood added 22 points – including the team’s 12 opening points in the third quarter – and 10 rebounds.

Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis scored 23 points each for the Mavericks. Doncic missed 17 of 26 attempts and committed five turnovers. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18 points, Jalen Brunson had 14 and Porzingis had 12.

In what was a harbinger for things to come in the first half, over nine minutes passed in the first quarter before anyone other than Doncic or Porzingis scored for the Mavericks, with Hardaway drilling a trey at 2:26. By the time Hardaway converted from top to bottom on the next possession, Dallas had erased what was once a 10-point deficit and claimed a 20-19 lead.

Houston followed a strong start from Wall and Kevin Porter Jr. with Olynyk grabbing eight rebounds before scoring his first basket with 3:49 left in the second quarter.

Olynyk then followed Porter’s back-to-back treks with a 3-point run of his own, taking Houston to a 47-38 lead. Dallas reduced that margin to five points at the break with little production outside of Doncic, Porzingis and Hardaway. Starters Dorian Finney-Smith, Nicolo Melli and Josh Richardson combined to shoot 0 for 12 before the break, and they ended the night with a combined 3 for 20 for 12 points.

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